When shoppers are injured

Florida shoppers need to be aware that thousands of injuries such as slip-and-fall accidents and other personal injury accidents commonly happen while people are shopping. Most shoppers do not think that they are in any danger. Some of those accidents involve negligent maintenance on the premises or a failure to warn individuals of known hazards.

Shopping accidents come in different types. Slip-and-falls can happen because of inadequate lighting, torn carpets, wet floors or escalator malfunctions. Individuals can receive head and body injuries from out- of-reach objects, retail displays and falling objects. A shopping cart tipping over can lead to falls. Overcrowded conditions during Black Friday or Christmas shopping could lead to trampling. There are many minor shopping-related injuries, but more serious injuries could involve sprains, head trauma, broken bones, neck or spinal injury and even death.

States have negligence laws, and sometimes individuals who are injured on commercial property can file personal injury claims based on those laws. Other laws that pertain to commercial properties such as grocery stores are the premises liability laws, which require store owners to keep the premises reasonably safe from hazardous conditions that could cause injury. Spills need to be cleaned up right away, broken stairways need to be repaired, security must be in place, and light bulbs must be replaced when they burn out. Specific conditions must be met to establish commercial liability for a shopper’s injuries: the store owner must have knowledge of the danger, the injury must be connected with the store condition, and the shopper must suffer damages as a result of the injury.

When an individual has experienced an accident, such as a slip-and-fall, and has received serious injuries in a retail store or other commercial space, a lawyer may be able to file a personal injury claim. A lawyer’s investigation may help establish unsafe conditions, building code violations or unsafe property conditions, the lawyer may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses for the injured party.